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  • Pro-Duterte house panel endorses ouster of chief justice

    MANILA -- A congressional committee in the Philippines on Thursday established probable cause to impeach the country's chief justice, who has often tangled with President Rodrigo Duterte.Voting 38-2, the House of Representatives' justice committee f

    March 8, 2018 07:07 pm JST
  • Once a world leader, Asia now trails in women lawmakers

    TOKYO -- Back in 1995, Asia was at the forefront of breaking the political glass ceiling for women. Twenty-three years later, the region has fallen behind the world average.Asia's average proportion of women in parliament -- lower and upper houses c

    March 8, 2018 12:10 pm JST
  • Bain's new global chief expects big things from Asia

    TOKYO When Bain & Co. chose Tokyo as the venue for a planning session for the entire Asia-Pacific region at the end of February, it was for a reason: Japan posted the biggest growth for the Boston-based management consultancy last year."You'd be sur

    March 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Rising costs loom over Asia's upbeat factory activity

    HONG KONG Factory activity across much of Asia expanded in February, but manufacturers in some countries are coming under pressure from rising materials costs as local currencies weaken against the dollar, the latest Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing

    March 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • The Philippines talks with Russia about nuclear reactors

    MANILA The Philippines might finally bring Southeast Asia's only nuclear reactor to life, three decades after its completion.Rust and dust cover the interior of the nuclear power plant on the Bataan Peninsula, west of the capital city of Manila. Unu

    March 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Asian export rebound is boosting better growth, at least for now

    TOKYO Against a backdrop of growing optimism, fueled by rising exports, China's economy will grow by an inflation-adjusted 6.4% and four big Southeast Asian economies will log combined growth of 5.2% this year, according to a forecast by the Japan C

    March 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Solid demand improves Asia manufacturing in February

    HONG KONG -- Asian factories expanded faster in February but are facing increasing cost pressures, as weaker local currencies against the U.S. dollar push up the prices of materials in some countries, the latest Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Manag

    March 8, 2018 09:10 am JST
  • Tencent's Pony Ma overtakes Wanda's Wang as Asia's richest

    TOKYO -- As founder Jeff Bezos snatched the title of richest person in the world this year by overtaking Microsoft founder Bill Gates for the first time, Asia's rich list has also witnessed a major shift to be dominated by billionaires sp

    March 7, 2018 08:29 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rebounds as energy companies advance

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan recovered Tuesday, buoyed by gains in energy companies, as President Donald Trump's tariff proposals were opposed by a top Republican lawmaker.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 1.4% to 1,433.90, reb

    March 6, 2018 09:03 pm JST
  • Philippine central bank on guard as inflation surges

    MANILA -- Inflation in the Philippines surged to its highest level in almost four years in February, raising the prospect of an interest rate hike in 2018.Many market participants foresee the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas raising the benchmark interes

    March 6, 2018 04:04 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    Southeast Asia's vulnerable migrants pose an economic dilemma

    JAKARTA/BANGKOK -- A court case unfolding in Bangkok has focused attention on the lives of migrant workers in Southeast Asia, albeit with an unexpected twist. This time, an employer accused of abuse is suing its former employees.Fourteen migrants fr

    March 6, 2018 12:45 pm JST
  • Duterte's rice policy keeps the poor waiting for price relief

    Prices of basic goods and commodities are rising fast in the Philippines, and a dwindling government supply of rice -- the country's main staple and a politically important commodity -- is a prime reason.Inflation surged to 4% in January, the highes

    March 6, 2018 11:00 am JST
  • January new-car sales climb 9% in key Southeast Asian markets

    DANANG, Vietnam -- New-car sales in six major Southeast Asian nations increased 9% on the year to 274,679 units in January, with the two largest markets of Indonesia and Thailand logging double-digit growth.The figures are a strong start to 2018, wh

    March 6, 2018 01:40 am JST
  • Philippines raises threshold for M&A review

    MANILA -- The Philippine antitrust watchdog on Monday doubled the threshold to trigger a review of mergers and acquisitions, in a move seen partly as appeasing big businesses who have complained about how the country's new competition policy is enfo

    March 5, 2018 09:15 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls more as Trump remarks ignite global trade war fears

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan extended losses as President Donald Trump continued with his rhetoric on protecting U.S. industries, further stoking concerns of trade wars with major trading partners.The Nikkei Asia300 Index decli

    March 5, 2018 08:36 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian professional soccer talent scores across borders

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Southeast Asia's top soccer talent is on the move, with the leading teams in Thailand and Malaysia signing 24 players from outside those countries as the 2018 season kicks off, against just three a year ago.Some of the best players f

    March 5, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Interview

    Shipping volume has recovered but prices lag behind: Mitsui OSK chief

    TOKYO -- The maritime shipping industry is gradually emerging from a period of struggle. Junichiro Ikeda, president of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, recently spoke to Nikkei about the challenges and opportunities in the industry, and how the Japanese shipper

    March 5, 2018 11:30 am JST
  • Nikkei Inc. and the Financial Times Group announce launch of scoutAsia

    TOKYO -- Nikkei Inc. and the Financial Times Group announced on Monday the launch of scoutAsia, a new corporate data and news service that uses AI technology to connect company information to relevant news.By subscribing to scoutAsia, clients receiv

    March 5, 2018 10:30 am JST
  • Interview

    Bain & Co.'s Asia push begins with Japan

    TOKYO -- When Bain & Co. chose Tokyo as the venue for a planning session for the entire Asia-Pacific region at the end of February, there was a reason: Japan posted the biggest growth for the Boston-based management consultancy last year.The session

    March 5, 2018 08:15 am JST
  • ASEAN to promote cross-border e-commerce with new framework

    SINGAPORE -- Countries in Southeast Asia will jointly promote the digital economy including the creation of a new cross-border e-commerce framework, ASEAN economic ministers agreed Friday at a meeting in Singapore. The move is designed to allow the

    March 2, 2018 10:13 pm JST